Policies and Grades

Grading Policies
This class focuses on preparing for performances. If a student is unable to attend a performance, they are letting the rest of the group down and cheating themselves of the opportunity to perform. Thus, attendance is mandatory for all required performances. Students will receive the full amount of points for the concert if they are on time, behave appropriately, and perform to the very best of their ability. An absence from a performance will only be considered excused if the student and parent contact Ms. Pitts at least three days before a performance; however, the student will need to complete a written make-up assignment. Please be aware that since each performance is 20% of the grade, the make-up assignment will be accordingly large. Unexcused absences will result in a lowered grade. Emergencies outside of human control will be considered on an individual basis. Please note that care has been taken to notify you of these performances as soon as possible and to avoid any other school events. Should two school events occur simultaneously, the student may choose which event to attend, without grade penalty, but both organizations’ directors must be notified at least three days in advance. Organizations outside of Edmond Public Schools typically excuse students for performance related absences when notified well-ahead of time!

Performances (Tests) 40%

Fall Semester: Boys’ or Girls’ Night Out (10/26 or 11/16)

Winter Concert (12/18)

Spring Semester: OSSAA Contest (2/23)       Spring Concert (5/10)


Daily Grades/ Quizzes 60%
A weekly participation grade will be given that is based on:
  • Effort put into singing (you will never be graded on how well you sing!)
  • Attentiveness in group activities
Additional Assignments may include but are not limited to:
  • Journal entries
  • Solfege quizzes

District policy states that in order to participate and travel for Sequoyah Vocal Music events that happen off campus students must:
  • Be academically eligible (no failing classes).  Students’ grades the week BEFORE an event determines their eligibility.   
  • Have WRITTEN permission to travel with a Medical Release.

Performance Absence Policy
Failure to attend required performance, no uniform, or poor behavior during them may result in a lowered or failing grade for the event. No credit is given for unexcused absences. Performance absences are generally excused only for family emergencies /prearranged religious ceremonies (weddings, funerals, etc.) If possible, PLEASE let me know WELL BEFORE so an alternate assignment can be arranged. 3 days before cut- off for non emergencies.

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